A study commissioned by the government into sound created by the country’s 133 wind farms has concluded that the occurrence of complaints about noise is low.
Acoustics researchers at
By surveying all of the local authorities with wind farms in or near their areas, the team discovered that the incidents of complaints were relatively insignificant compared with complaints about other noise sources.
Based on the university’s findings, the Government Department for Business,
Dr Andy Moorhouse, who led the study, said: ‘We are not implying that individual complaints about windfarms are less important than for other types of noise, but this report confirms that wind turbine noise is a comparatively minor issue nationally in terms of the number of people affected.
‘We discovered 239 formal complaints over a 15 year period for the whole UK and that compares with the national average of more than 300,000 per single year for noise complaints in general.’
Out of all the working wind farms at the time of the
Complaints have decreased for three out of four of these sites, in one case as a result of a wind turbine control system. In the remaining case, investigations are ongoing.
For a full copy of the report go to www.berr.gov.uk/files/file40570.pdf